PAUL COOK doesn’t believe Reuben Reid will join Pompey this transfer window.
The Blues boss has confirmed his interest in the Plymouth Argyle striker for the first time.
We have been interested in the lad and it hasn’t seen us obtain the lad.Paul Cook
But he doesn’t think he will be arriving at Fratton Park, following another round of speculation linking him with a move.
And Cook believes it’s time to draw a line in the sand and put the constant talk surrounding the marksman to bed.
The Pompey manager is in the market for a major signing before Tuesday’s transfer deadline.
When asked about Reid, however, he was adamant no deal is in the offing.
Cook said ‘Nothing. No, no, absolutely not. There’s nothing close (with Reid).
‘If you are asking was anything happening yesterday? No. Expect anything Monday? No.
‘Will he be here before Tuesday? No. I can only tell you what I honestly believe.
‘I’m not pulling the wool over anyone’s eyes.
‘We are actively after players who can make us better. But there’s two sides to every story. There is.
‘Reuben’s a Plymouth player.
‘If someone comes after one of our players you respect it.
‘We have been interested in the lad and it hasn’t seen us obtain the lad.
‘So everyone should mark the sand and move on.’
Cook promised Pompey are still hunting for a marquee signing he believes will excite supporters. But the Scouser doesn’t see a frenetic close to the window occurring.
Cook said: ‘We want our fans thinking a signing makes us better when they see one.
‘If we don’t, we will not sign anyone and keep going because I believe we have enough tools in the building to keep us going well.
‘Our supporters are turning up and want success. They are putting their hands in their pocket to find money to watch games.
‘We have a duty as a club to find the calibre of player to make them happy.
‘If we can’t obtain that calibre of player they know we are trying our best.
‘Live on Sky and crowds of 18,000 puts money in the coffers which allow us to be a strong club. It allows you to go into the market but what you must be is patient.
‘We want our next signing to be a big one for us.
‘I won’t be clamouring around Tuesday tea-time.
‘That’s for managers who haven’t worked hard enough all summer.
‘If you are trying to recruit in one day, in my opinion, that’s wrong.
‘I very much doubt we’d sign anyone on Tuesday – unless it was something which was dropped on us.
‘I can tell the supporters we’ve been after some exciting players, that’s for sure.
‘Unfortunately it hasn’t happened where they’ve crossed the line.
‘If you don’t ask you’ll never know. We’ll keep asking.’